2016 Sep 27
Run Streak Day 1397
After about a year of taking it easy, I think I am ready to get back into the mix of, what I like to call, “crazy running.” The desire to push myself beyond my limits has returned and I am going to jump on that train as fast as possible, for fear that it may not appear again for a long time. Last year was amazing. I completed my first ultra. Then there was the week where I ran a half marathon in Virginia on a Sunday, followed by a trip to Buffalo the following weekend where I ran a 5k on Saturday and a full marathon on Sunday. It was so much fun, the training, the comradery…the eating. However, I felt like I needed to step back. Like I was in a bad spot. I wasn’t injured but I knew I was fighting against some issues with my body, mainly my hip flexors and back, and in hindsight, I was just burnt out. Also, I wanted time to pursue other things, such as writing, art and music. Running hours a day can really cramp your style when you also want some time to just sit down and explore photography or some other hobby.
So I decided to take some time to “deconstruct.” I stopped seeing the doctors who were keeping my body from falling apart. I stopped participating with my running club. I even stopped running, except for the one mile a day to maintain my streak. I allowed myself to get out of shape. I felt like I needed to build a new baseline. In the last month I started to literally feel the weight of my decision. As I ran, there was a bit of a jiggle going on in my midsection. I felt that was a good indicator that my time had come to return from my hiatus. So I looked online for 2017 races and within minutes I had three events picked out for the first have of the year. A half marathon in February. An event in March called the “Whale” which is an 8k on a Saturday followed by a marathon the next day. Then in April, a 100 miler. I don’t know if I will actually do these events, but they are enough of a draw right now to make me start making training plans and looking forward to getting in longer workouts.
I should know in a few days if this is a true return to my running life or a false start.